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DEATHS SPUR CLOSURE OF HANGING ROCK CAMP

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Twice shy, officials for the Uinta National Forest Service are closing the Hanging Rock Campground immediately because of two freak accidents in almost the same spot that killed a Utah teenager and a California woman.

After that, it will probably be permanently shut down as a picnicking area for the public."We've had two fatalities there, just about exactly a year apart, incredibly a foot and a half apart," said Loyal Clark, park service spokeswoman. "We just don't want to wait around for another." The Hanging Rock Campground has been functioning as a public recreation area for 50 years and until this past weekend and July 1994, there had been no serious problems.

However, a year ago, Elizabeth E. Holton was sitting on a rock in the stream reading when a boulder was displaced by hikers on the hillside above her. The falling rock killed her.

On Saturday, a Roy teenager, Rodrigo Figueroa, was struck by a rock dislodged by wind while he was playing in the water. He was injured and died at American Fork Hospital shortly thereafter.

Based on concerns about the first accident, Forest Service officials put up a pine log barrier along the southernmost edge of the picnic area, posting it as a "falling rock" zone. Figueroa was beyond the barrier.